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Simiyu leads at Kenya Open

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Simiyu leads at Kenya Open

Amos Simiyu was the surprise leader at the end of day 2 of the ongoing Kenya Open.

He is sitting at the top with 4 points as he has won all his games. Amos Simiyu is the player who won the tough phase II of the AAG Qualifiers earlier this year.

Amos Simiyu in action during the AAG Final phase earlier this year.  Photo credit James Mwangi.
Amos Simiyu in action during the AAG Final phase earlier this year. Photo credit James Mwangi.

Some big names continue to find the going tough.

Bryan Andorwa defeated the swashbuckling James Panchol in round 3.

Peter Gilruth who is the highest ranked Kenyan in the event lost to Austin Walela in round 3.

Elvis Likoko, an upcoming youngster, defeated veteran Philip Singe in their round 3 encounter.

Mathias Ssonko v Martin Njoroge

Martin Njoroge in action during the 2019 Kenya Open. Photo credit Chess Kenya.
Martin Njoroge in action during the 2019 Kenya Open. Photo credit Chess Kenya.

Timothy Mwabu v Mathias Ssonko

 

Ladies Section

In the Ladies section, WFM Sasha Mongeli dropped a vital half point when she was held to a draw by Triza Mwenda. Sasha problems did not end there. She then lost to WCM Joyce Nyaruai in round 4.

The Ladies section has a total of 18 players.

Junior Section

The Junior section has a total of 38 players. Shubh Jaideep Shah was leading with 3 points at the end of round 3.

Gilliane Titi Otieno in action in the Junior section. Photo credit Chess Kenya.
Gilliane Titi Otieno in action in the Junior section. Photo credit Chess Kenya.
A player from the Junior section. Photo credit Chess Kenya.
A player from the Junior section. Photo credit Chess Kenya.

Interesting history of the Kenya Open

The history of the Kenya Open started in 1979.  Richard Polaczek a young 14-year-old student from the French School  won the event with an impressive 7.5/8.  The prize fund for this event was KES 10,000 (USD 1,400 as the exchange was KES 7/USD) with young Richard taking home KES 2,900.

Richard Polaczek receives his prize from former Chairman of Kenya Chess Association MG Sharma. Photo credit Aslam Adam of UK
Richard Polaczek receives his prize from former Chairman of Kenya Chess Association MG Sharma. Photo credit Aslam Adam of UK

Links

Standings & Results of the 2019 Kenya Open.

2019 Kenya Open Day 1 Report.

FM Harold Wanyama wins 2018 Kenya Open.